Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal

Ms. Sita, President of Baljyoti Women Saving Group is now producing washable sanitary napkin in Punma, Jajarkot in Mid-western Nepal. She was one of the trainees in a training program conducted by ECCA on making re-usable washable sanitary napkins, which can be used for more than a year.

With the support received from ECCA for sewing machines, Sita started a sewing business to produce re-usable washable sanitary napkins. Now, she owns a small shop in her village where she regularly makes and sells sanitary napkins.  Production of washable sanitary napkins has helped her to fulfill family needs. Sita has 5 members (3 children, husband and her) in her family.

Sita shared, ”through the selling of sanitary napkins I’m earning good money and at the same time I’m also making aware people on benefits of using washable sanitary napkins.”

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sewing machine provided to Sita
sewing machine provided to Sita

ECCA has been conducting various programs in Punma village located in Jajarkot district in Mid-western region of Nepal. In addition to other activities (related with safe drinking water, conservation education, etc.), priority is also given for proper menstrual hygiene management of girl students.

 

In rural areas, girls and women normally use sanitary napkins they themselves make at home from old torn clothes, which may not be hygienic many times. Because of unhygienic condition, girls/women suffer from diseases many times.

 

To address such situation, ECCA trained local women to make re-usable washable sanitary napkins, which can be used for more than a year. These sanitary napkins are then provided to the school girls, thereby improving their health.

 

Sewing machine was provided to Ms. Sita to make re-usable washable sanitary napkins locally. We thank you for the support.

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one of the women group members
one of the women group members

ECCA provided training on menstruation hygiene management to the local women group members in Bhirkot village, Dolakha district. They were also taught how to make reusable washable sanitary pads.

Ms. Laxmi, member of Parents Teachers Association of Narayani Secondary School, Bhirkot expresses her views as follows:

“Using cotton clothes during menstruation was a common practice in our community in the past. The menstruation hygiene management training revolutionized the community’s thinking as it taught us how washable sanitary pads could be easily made through the utilization of local resources. After being trained, we organized a sanitary pad making training for other members of women group. They also planned to supply homemade washable sanitary pad to schools nearby.”

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learning to make washable sanitary pad
learning to make washable sanitary pad
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Stitching of sanitary napkin in progress
Stitching of sanitary napkin in progress

During menstruation it is essential that hygienic sanitary napkins are used and properly disposed. In rural regions of Nepal, industrial produced sanitary napkins are not easily available; and even if available, it is expensive and many times, not affordable (as it has to be regularly purchased).

In rural areas, girls and women normally use sanitary napkins they themselves make at home from old torn clothes, which may not be hygienic many times. Because of unhygienic condition, girls/women suffer from diseases many times.

To address such situation, ECCA has trained (and supported) women to make re-usable washable sanitary napkins, which can be used for more than a year. The use of such sanitary napkin becomes cheap for the girls/women, since one time investment of buying it is enough for more than a year.

These sanitary napkins are then provided to the school girls, female teachers and adjoining community, thereby improving health and class attendance of girl students.

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Packing of sanitary napkins
Packing of sanitary napkins
Packed bags of sanitary napkins
Packed bags of sanitary napkins
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Interaction
Interaction

Interaction program on Menstrual Hygiene Management was held in Jhule village, Dolakha in May 2018. School students and members of local women groups participated. There were total 20 participants from

  • Amar Higher Secondary School
  • Janta Basic School
  • Janaprabhat Secondary School
  • Parijat Children Women Group
  • Kalidevi Agriculture Women Group
  • Laligurash Women Group

During the interaction, various issues related with menstruation (including proper menstruation hygiene management) were discussed. The participants were also taught how to make washable reusable sanitary pad at home.

The school principal later shared that after attending the interaction program, the female students have now started to share openly about menstruation issues. Many of them mentioned about starting to use the washable sanitary pad.

We thank you for your continued support.

Teaching to sew washable reusable sanitary pad
Teaching to sew washable reusable sanitary pad
sketching sanitary pad
sketching sanitary pad
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